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Eid treats: Palestinian chef Suzanne Husseini shares maamoul recipe

Derived from the Arabic term aamala – meaning, to make – the maamoul pastry is a quintessential Levantine treat served for special occasions, such as Eid and Easter. Husseini has provided Arab News readers with a recipe of three-flavored sorts. “It takes a little time to prepare a

I struggle with handwashing. Will my son inherit my OCD?

I have a son who is now two years old, and worry he has started to display OCD tendencies, and that I am passing it on. Though I am far better than I was, I struggle with managing some behaviours, including handwashing. With the threat of Covid-19, this has ramped up, and I have been fastidious abou

Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority: commercial flights will gradually resume

Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will implement a gradual resumption of commercial flights upon government approval, daily Kuwait Times reported.The country has suspended all international flights to and from the country since March 13 to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the excepti

'It feels irresponsible to have a second child and yet I want one. How do I grapple with this?

When I was pregnant with my son in 2018 I felt so worried about what his life would look like. I also felt guilty and selfish. What right did I have to bring new life into a dying world? My family thought I was being melodramatic and, while I do think they were right to a certain extent, I can&rsquo

Pizza, kebabs, chicken tikka masala: make your own takeaway favourites

Margherita pizzaAt its best, pizza is a wondrously simple combination of soft dough with a crispy base and a sparse scattering of choice toppings. No one component overpowers any other: it is a beautiful example of synergetic cooking. If there were a hall of fame for food the margherita pizza would

In Asia, children are going back to school. But education in the time of coronavirus is not without difficulties

For the first time in three months, South Korean high school students are back in the classroom. But in many ways, it's not schooling as usual.As high school seniors returned to school Wednesday, they had their temperatures checked, wore masks on campus, and sat at desks that were spaced apart, in

The science of gossip (and why everyone does it)

People feed off gossip. It's one reason why, in the 1960s, the National Enquirer swapped the gory, gruesome headlines they were known for with celebrity scoops and scandal. The switch gave the tabloid access to supermarket checkout lines and the "enquiring minds" in them. But it's not just tabloid

Greece to restart tourism June 15, international flights July 1

Greece will restart its tourism season on June 15 in a key boost to the economy after the virus lockdown, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday, adding that international flights would resume on July 1.“The tourism period begins June 15, when seasonal hotels can reopen, and direct

The best live lessons to help homeschool kids during lockdown

If you’re a parent or caregiver, one of the hardest things about the lockdown can be that the schools have closed. While you try to adjust to a new working from home routine, you’re also now homeschooling your children, which is no easy feat. There’s a number of resources availabl

Arabic mixed grill from Syrian chef Zafer Al-Fares

Arabic mixed grill is a dinner table staple in many households across the region. Boasting a richly-spiced assortment of grilled meat, this dish is best served with a steaming plate of crunchy fries and garlic dipping sauce. Try this recipe from Chef Zafer Al-Fares, sous chef at Ajman’s Radiss

Gaza girl, 13, teaches neighborhood children during school closure

In a wooden shack in the Gaza Strip, a 13-year-old girl holds classes for neighborhood children who have missed out on their studies since schools were closed in March due to the novel coronavirus crisis.Only 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, where cr

flavorful grilled octopus from Chef Salvador

Octopus is chock full of key nutrients, including trace minerals – such as zinc and copper – as well as vitamin B12. Like nearly all seafood, octopus is lean and low in calories, which makes it the ideal dish to incorporate into your iftar meal. Below, Chef Salvador Carrillo, from Dubai&

With mosques closed, NYC Muslims find new ways to observe Ramadan

Hani Hajir has cooked his entire life. Watching his customers eat at the halal restaurant he owns in Brooklyn is what brings him joy. But the current coronavirus pandemic lockdown has robbed him of this simple pleasure for more than a month. He closed shop on March 30, less than two weeks after New

.Scientists only have ‘low confidence’ school children will spread virus

The government’s scientific advisory group only has a “low degree of confidence” that children may spread coronavirus less effectively than adults, MPs have ben told, as ministers move to reopen schools as part of easing lockdown. Osama Rahman, chief scientific adviser at the Depa


The Muslim holy month of Ramadan commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Over the course of the month of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar – Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, forgoing any food or drink until their nighttime meal

EU unveils plans to save vacations and avoid a lost summer

The European Union unveiled Wednesday its plan to help citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of tough coronavirus confinement and to hopefully resurrect Europe’s badly battered tourism industry. Around 150,000 people have died across Europe and Britain sin

International tourism to plunge up to 30 percent due to coronavirus: UN

The number of international tourist arrivals will fall by 20-30 percent in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, putting millions of jobs at risk, the World Tourism Organization said Friday. This revises sharply lower a forecast made earlier this month of a decline of just 1.0-3.0 percent. The drop i

Simmering chicken in chocolate milk sounds strange. Turns out, it’s delicious.

Ever read a recipe and think to yourself: This could be a delicious discovery, or it could be a disaster? When I saw Tyler Kord’s Spicy Chocolate Milk-Simmered Chicken in “Food 52 Dynamite Chicken” (Ten Speed Press, 2019), I took one of those cocked-eyebrow pauses.It is so simple

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